Life is full of choices. Which career path do we take, what college do we attend, should I marry this person or wait. All of these questions can be a bit overwhelming.
In this message, we walk through the importance of choices and what God is calling us to do.
The role of pride in anyone’s life can be damaging. In this message, we deal with how pride gets in the way of love. We often can tie our accomplishments and failures to our identity, inside of this the love we have can get out of whack. To love recklessly we have to get back to where love comes from, and that is our creator God.
At the end of this series, we are faced with the challenge to love radically each and every day. May your prayer be that you eliminate pride and love recklessly.
Week 4 of the series The Reckless Love continues with examining the importance of loving those that don't always seem to love you.
Jesus provided tons of examples of how to love others. One of the biggest ways He demonstrated His love was by holding no conditions to His love. The challenge that sits in front of us is how we will let love be shown to those around us. Will our conversations be full of grace seasoned with salt or full of salt seasoned with grace?
Words are a powerful. Nothing has more impact then words that are spoken for you or against you. Those who love recklessly have an overflow of words that are supportive, encouraging and life giving. Pastor Clay Monkus continues the series, Reckless Love by talking about how words impact others and how you can be grace giving in your words.
In this message Clay Monkus explores one of the biggest barriers that we face in really recklessly loving other people in the way that God has called us to. This barrior is our current cultures mindset of “us” versus “them”; that we believe that if you are on the "us" side, then you are good, right, loveable and matter, but if you are on the "them" side, then you are bad, wrong, unloveable and ultimatly don't matter.
This idea does unbelievable damage to us really being able to become reckless lovers. But Jesus attacks this idea that he knows we all struggle with.
Mark 4:35 "That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.”
The challenge of love is at the core of Jesus teaching. It is a simple commandment to go and love but one of the hardest things anyone will ever have to do.
So what does it mean to be Reckless? To go and love in a reckless way? Pastor Clay dives into what could be the very thing that changes the landscape of christianity...Love.
Every day is just a collection of moments. There's 1,440 minutes in every day. 1,440 opportunities for you to connect to the presence of God. The goal comes back to this idea of how many of those minutes can I live in the conscious awareness of God's presence.
Psalm 16:8 says, “I have set the Lord always before me.”
Pastor Jospeh teaches us that a life with God gives us courage to chase our own lions.
2 Samuel 23:20-23
20There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior son of Jehoiada, son of Ish-hai. from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it. 21Once, armed only with a club, he killed an imposing Egyptian warrior who was armed with a spear. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with it. 22Deeds like these made Benaiah as famous as the Three mightiest warriors. 23He was more honored than the other members of the Thirty, though he was not one of the Three. And David made him captain of his bodyguard.
In this message Pastor Joseph McMurry teaches us that there is something that happens when we realize what we have been given. When someone recommends you for a job or a promotion, when someone appreciates your service and gives you a referral, when you have a need and someone comes through for you. Something happens when we realize what we’ve been given. We become grateful.
Col 4:2 - Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.
When we recognize the presence of God in our lives, the response that makes sense is gratitude.
Soundtracks have a way of setting a mood… they help us interpret what is going on. They also add color to things. Just like movie soundtracks have a way of setting a mood or taking us back to a moment, being in the presence of God has that same effect.